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  • Hannah Kim

    What an interesting and thorough article! Personally, I hesitate to ascribe anything to 'human nature'. I definitely do not think that being spiritual/believing in God is an inevitable part of evolution, because I don't think anything is necessarily inevitable. We might evolve in certain ways but that is based on an innumerable number of factors and I think it's limiting to think that it is inevitable or 'natural'. Almost anything can become natural or accepted over time- maybe in regards to this issue it would be interesting to go into more depth on WHY children show these predispositions and how that reflects on our society and ourselves as people---> in terms of societal/environmental/historical etc influences instead of evolution/human nature.

    What do you think? :) thanks for sharing this piece!

    • Lauren B.

      Please explain what you mean by "[nothing] is necessarily inevitable"?

      Are there any episodes in your childhood where you experienced something transpersonal? I had a handful experiences, as a young child, with what I now believe to be meditative states of consciousness. I think whatever is "god" is an inward, subjective experience, which is expressed in our character and way of living. Stamp on whatever appellation you like, be it Yahweh, Tathagata, or wisdom, it's all made up of the same unspeakable material.

      • Hannah Kim

        Everything that occurs is 'caused' (if we subscribe to a normal/linear idea of causality) by SO MANY THINGS- so nothing is INEVITABLE. Nothing HAD to happen- that's why I think it's more interesting to look at WHY something is the way it is, instead of thinking that that was the only way it had to go- or "natural".

        Wow that sounds so interesting! What kind of experiences did you have? I don't think I have had any transpersonal experiences - nothing particularly memorable at least.

        I agree with your thoughts on 'god'- awesome insight.